Sartain Family Letters


My sincere thanks to all the people through the years who preserved and passed along these wonderful letters to our generation. Somewhere out there, are a few more of these letters. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if the owners would submit them?

The original letters were written in a beautiful script, but totally without punctuation. Capital letters were used at random. All spelling was phonetic, i.e. they spelled by the sound of the word. These letters were most difficult to transcribe, therefore I have taken license to add punctuation, capitol letters and other necessary changes to make reading easier.

The authors of these letters, for the most part, lived in the same community, as well as the characters mentioned. The community is still known as the Bond Community and there was no public school until Bond Academy was built in 1889. I assume that the Poor Schools were all the education that was available prior to the Civil War.                               

Charlotte Collins Bond

10 Nov 1849 From John Sartain, Jr. to his father John Sartain, Sr.
29 Jun 1862 From Vandiver Sartain to his wife Emily Sartain
29 Jun 1862 From Lewis Sartain to his wife Martha A. Sartain and their children
30 Jun 1862 From Lewis Sartain to his wife Martha A. Sartain and their children
13 Jul 1862 From Lewis Sartain to his wife Martha A. Sartain and their children
24 Jul 1862 From Lewis Sartain to his wife Martha A. Sartain and their children
25 Jul 1862 From Vandiver Sartain to his wife Emily Sartain
undated From Vandiver Sartain to his wife Emily Sartain
28 Jul 1862 From Lewis Sartain to his wife Martha A. Sartain and their children
15 Aug 1862 From Guilford Sartain to his sister-in-law Martha A. Sartain
30 Nov 1862 From Vandiver Sartain to his wife Emily, children and mother
25 Feb 1863 From Vandiver Sartain to his wife & mother, Lewis Dawkins, Berry Bray, John Dove
25 May 1863 From Guilford Sartain to his aunt Emily Sartain and grandmother Anna Sartain
5 Jul 1864 From Russell Sartain to his wife Malvina Sartain
23 Feb 1872 From Emily Sartain to Martha Beard Sartain
circa 1880 From Lucy S. Sartain to her niece and nephews, Mandy, John & Henry Sartain
See also, letters to Emily Eason Sartain from her brother James F. Eason

Sartain family letters transcribed and contributed by
Charlotte Collins Bond


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